Pikmin 4

Pikmin 4 is an action strategy game where you direct tiny, plant-like creatures to clean up the world and collect treasure. Different coloured Pikmins have different abilities, with several new types in this fourth game. The challenge is using the right ones (dog-like Ochi) to destroy obstacles, avoid hazards and fight fauna. It stands out as a strategy challenge that is approachable to a wide audience yet still gets surprisingly complex and involved in the later stages.



Mild Violence


Nintendo Switch


Parent-Child Co-Play
Rural Life
Simple Fun
Social Play


Competitive Local
Co-Op Local
Co-Op Assistant Role
Team with Game Allies
Team Up

You play the diminutive commander of an army of minute plant-like aliens called Pikmin and explore an earth-like planet's gardens and houses for "treasures", such as a fidget spinner or a battery. You use the different types of Pikmin to get past and destroy obstacles and defeat hostile creatures; each type of Pikmin has its own abilities, such as burning, freezing, or illuminating, and using each one for the right task is essential. Another part of your army is Ochi, a strange dog-like creature you can use to ride over bodies of water and help your Pikmin fight, move treasure, and destroy obstacles.

Unlike other strategy games where you directly control your troops, Pikmin have their own intelligence and are worked with rather than commanded; you can choose which Pikmin do what, but it's up to them to see it done. Some of the later levels, especially nighttime adventures, which see you face off against more powerful and populous foes, get fairly complex, requiring efficient and considered deployment of Ochi and all your Pikmin. Throughout it all though is a sense of exploration and adventure, and excitement at discovering each new challenge and reward.

The result is a game that starts quite simply but soon develops into a considerably nuanced real-time strategy game. Because of its plant and creature aesthetic, it's a great game to introduce this concept to younger players.

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Develop strategic thinking

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Skill level age

Suggested by Family Gaming Database


Although there is some strategy and puzzle solving skill required, any aged child can enjoy this with a more experienced player.

Content rating

Mild Violence

Rated PEGI 3 for occasional very mild violence in a comical context. It also has scenes of partial nudity of a non-sexual nature. Suitable for all ages. This game features very mild forms of violence towards fantasy characters. The player fights enemies by throwing small creatures called Pikmin at them. Reactions do not feature visible harm. One of the treasures the player is able to collect is a Venus-de-Milo-like statue that depicts breasts in a non-sexual context.


There are 33 accessibility features for
Pikmin 4

Play Without Hearing
Visual Cues for Audio Events

Informative Vibration
Invert X/Y Axis
Motion Pointing
Multiple Buttons & Single Stick
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks
No Simultaneous Buttons
Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional

Adjust Speed
Assistance With Controls
Assisted Progress With Hints
Assisted Recall for Characters
Assisted Recall for Narrative and Dialogue
Bank Progress With Frequent Checkpoints
Low Pressure
No Jump Scares
Practice Area
View Control Mapping

Clear Mission Objectives
Digital Menu Navigation
Game Map
Large Clear Navigation
Menu Audio Cues

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game)
Simple Minimal Reading
Speaker Indicator and their Tone

Audio Cues for Visual Events
Colour Blind Friendly
Medium Contrast
No Screen Shake
Outline Interactive Elements

Data by Family Gaming Database

Game details


Nintendo Switch

Release date

July 21, 2023

No. of players

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.


Collecting | Strategy

In-game purchases


More information: Family Gaming Database


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